Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 7
|Saturday, September 30th|
|Leicester City at Bournemouth|
|Crystal Palace at Manchester United|
|Southampton at Stoke City|
|Manchester City at Chelsea|
|Watford at West Brom|
|Swansea City at West Ham|
Romelu Lukaku is the most expensive player on the slate at $13,000. Players from Manchester City and Manchester United dominate the group of 17 players priced at $9,000 or above.
At the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest players on the slate come in at $3,500, and one of them may help your team succeed this Saturday.
Let's get to it.
Andy Carroll ($7,500): West Ham have struggled to start the season, but the selection of Carroll is based off of his history versus Swansea City. Carroll has faced the Swans nine times and has recorded six goals and three assists. He did score against Swansea once last season. Carroll was the top fantasy scorer for West Ham in that match.
Carroll is likely to start alongside Chicharito in a 4-4-2 as the Hammers look for a win at home -- where they have won four of their last five league meetings against Swansea.
The stats through six matches this season are in West Ham's favor, as well. Swansea are allowing 18.7 shots per game, the second-most in the league. The Swans are next to last in interceptions per match and average 4% less possession per match than West Ham.
Carroll is the odds-on favorite to score a goal in this match. If you need to save some money at the striker spot, Carroll makes a lot of sense.
Darren Fletcher ($5,500): Continuing a theme from the past weeks, the midfield choice is made based off expected defensive contribution. Fletcher is expected to play as part of a four-man midfield for Stoke against Southampton. He is averaging over 14 FanDuel points per game without a goal or an assist yet this season.
Southampton is expected to dominate possession, and the Saints have a four-match unbeaten streak on the road against Stoke. Fletcher will be tasked with a more defensive-minded role to allow Eric Choupo-Moting, Xherdan Shaqiri, and even Joe Allen to have freedom going forward. There is the chance that Fletcher gets involved a bit in the attack as FanDuel has credited him with five chances created.
Fletcher is a safe play ideally suited for cash games.
Gareth McAuley ($3,500): This is a bit of a flier, but the veteran defender has been called back into the squad for Northern Ireland for the next set of World Cup qualifiers. The 37-year-old defender has only played in one match this season, but he appears to be fit. He stated that he felt perfectly normal a few weeks ago and could get a run out for West Brom against Watford.
.@northernireland boss Michael O'Neill will be 'begging' Gareth McAuley to continue career via @irishnewssport https://t.co/xgWCCFVyTZ
— Irish News Sport (@irishnewssport) September 26, 2017
Neither team has been great in possession this season, but West Brom is the worst in the league. Watford should be able to hold the ball and challenge the Baggies' back line. However, the Watford attack has been putrid, managing only 63 shots thus far. They have the worst goal differential among teams in the top 10 of the table.
The price on McAuley is simply too cheap to overlook if he gets the start. Just a handful of defensive actions will bring value and allow you to more easily fit high-priced players into your squad.
If McAuley does not play, then look at Kiko Femenia of Watford or Patrick van Aanholt and Joel Ward of Crystal Palace as budget options.
Joe Hart ($4,500): The keepers are similarly priced again this week, so the advantages that West Ham have in their match against Swansea gives Hart the edge. Swansea is far and away the worst team in shot generation thus far this season. They have only managed 40 shots, with a meager 10 of those shots on target.
This would be a good game for West Ham to get on track and close the floodgates on their own net. They are tied for the most goals allowed this season, but the Hammers have a chance to gain momentum facing the worst offense in the league.
Hart is among six keepers priced at $4,500. Only Artur Boruc is priced lower, and he is not expected to start. Given that the odds favor a 1-0 West Ham win, the clean sheet possibilities make Hart appealing.